Adoption of 5G brings opportunities for CommScope
VP - Service Provider Sales, Asia Pacific, CommScope
With a robust product portfolio in fibres, CommScope is helping its customers to improve their services. It also helps them to build networks for company deployments. The company sees growth opportunity in India with the growing LTE adoption. In a chat with VARINDIA, Navin Vohra, VP - Service Provider Sales, Asia Pacific, CommScope also talks about CommScope’s product portfolio, growth opportunities and roadmap
CommScope sees the growth of LTE network in India as an opportunity in India. With its array of antenna solutions CommScope can help the service provider companies to improve their services.
“In India Reliance JIO is having a huge LTE network and that is putting pressure on other service provider networks in order to match the 4G footprint of Reliance JIO. A lot of expansion is happening and we have solutions for helping our operators customers to migrate. Not only India but also other Southeast Asian countries are migrating from 3G to 4G. We have antenna solutions that help operators, adding to this is backhaul of the base station traffic is mostly done through microwave antenna stations to help the operators with the microwave backhaul, the combining solutions is another area where we are leaders in the market space and we have specific models for specific operators,” says Navin.
The data center market is also bringing scope for the company. He further says, “Data centre is bringing a huge amount of opportunity for us in the enterprise business. We have specialized teams for sales working on some extremely large accounts as well as data centre market.”
5G is bringing a lot of opportunities to CommScope both in India and globe. In India, Government of India initiatives like Digital India and Smart City are opening new avenues for the company.
“5G is bringing in a lot of tasks. There are initiatives from Government of India like Digital India, Smart Cities etc. The 5G technology will be the enabler to help out with the initiatives of government. In the wireless space there are three major hurdles that an operator needs to pass. It is PBS, where P stands for power, B for backhaul, and S for site access. Whenever anyone is going to put a site, he has to take care of power then backhaul the site with microwave or fibre and third is to get the site access. These are three major hurdles that an operator needs to build a site. In the big corporate and enterprise networks within the enterprise campus to build 5G network is much simpler because they have the power in the campus, they have the right access to the site as they have the right control over that. One of the first applications for 5G is private network in the big corporate. It’s a huge opportunity in that space. The other areas which are not there in India but are there in other countries is big application as the fixed one to access net , an alternate to the cable TV infrastructure. It is a huge challenge for cable companies to give connections to homes. So one of the big opportunities 5G brings to the table is connecting these homes on wireless through 5G technology. And that is talked about in 28 gigahertz band. CommScope has built an entire solution for fixed wireless connection in 28 gigahertz band as well as antennas,” explains Navin.
As industry is progressing towards 5G, CommScope being a forerunner in this space have solutions to help build 5G. Countries like Japan, South Korea, China and Australia are early adaptors of 5G.
“Everyone is aware that the current buzz in the industry is 5G and in this space we have achieved a latest team in India to leap from 4G to 5G. In the Asia Pacific market there is no early adoption of 5G but in Japan, South Korea, China and Australia have already announced about 5G. In the countries of Asia Pacific region we are going to beat early adaptors of 5G. We are the forerunners in the 5G space and we bring solutions to help building 5G. We have antenna solutions supporting the 3.5 gigahertz band, one of the bands that bare 5G in the Asia Pacific. In order to enable and to utilize that frequency band we have solutions to support that. The second one is integrated active passive antenna, which has active components as well as traditional passive antenna in one single redom. And then we have number of inbuilt solutions and can help define 5G,” discusses Navin.